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College | Story | 7/30/2019

Cape Cod Report: Week 7 Notes

Stu Murray        
Photo: Carmen Mlodzinski (South Carolina Athletics)

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With so many games postponed earlier this summer due to weather, the final few days of the regular season include many doubleheaders, placing a strain on pitching staffs as they prepare for the playoffs that begin August 2. It’s also timely to look at the races for the Cape League batting title and ERA leader. Here’s how things stand with a handful of games to go.

Batting Title Race Earned Run Average Leaders
.352 - Wyatt Young, Pepperdine 0.32 – Franco Aleman, FIU
.350 - Zach Deloach, Texas A&M 0.59 – Ian Bedell, Missouri
.348 - Nick Gonzales, NMSU 0.93 - Jacob Palisch, Stanford
.342 - Darren Baker, California 0.93 – Kolby Kubichek, Texas
.333 - Austin Wells, Arizona 1.05 - Connor McCullough, K-State
.333 – Riley King, Georgia 1.44 - Mason Black, Lehigh

While most scouts departed after the all-star game, a few are still here to see how players handle the dog days of summer, when they’re tired, homesick and ready for a break after playing competitive baseball since mid-February. In that context, here are this past week’s top performers. 


Offensive Performances of the Week (July 22-28)

Hitter School AVG OBP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
Chris Lanzilli Wake Forest .471 .524 17 6 8 2 0 1 6 3 1 0
Matt Mervis Duke .438 .471 16 0 7 2 0 0 4 1 2 0
Eddie McCabe Georgetown .421 .560 19 5 8 0 0 0 0 4 5 1
Hueston Morrill Oklahoma State .421 .421 19 4 8 3 0 0 1 0 4 1
Oraj Anu Kentucky .409 .435 22 5 9 0 0 1 3 0 6 0
Jesse Franklin Michigan .389 .400 18 4 7 2 0 1 4 1 1 0
Jimmy Glowenke Dallas Baptist .385 .419 26 1 10 2 0 1 9 3 2 1


Pitching Performances of the Week (July 22-28)

Pitcher School IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP OBA
Jacob Palisch Stanford 7 0 0 0 2 7 0.00 0.29 .000
Sean Sullivan California 7 4 0 0 0 6 0.00 0.57 .167
Jack Leftwich Florida 6.1 4 0 0 1 5 0.00 0.79 .182
Casey Schmitt San Diego State 5 1 0 0 2 5 0.00 0.56 .056
Trey Holland University of the South 5 4 0 0 0 6 0.00 0.80 .211
Mason Black Lehigh 5 3 0 0 1 5 0.00 0.80 .167


Not much went right for South Carolina in 2019 after they started the season 14-3, struggling thereafter before going 4-11 down the stretch to miss the postseason. Without question the season’s highlight came in early March as the Gamecocks won the always hotly-contested Palmetto Series against in-state rival Clemson. But even that accomplishment came at a steep cost as Friday starter Carmen Mlodzinski suffered a broken foot while delivering a pitch, ending his season after just 10 1/3 innings of work.

The Gamecock’s loss turns out to be Falmouth’s gain as the Commodores get a fully healthy and determined Mlodzinski for the summer without an innings limit. He’s made the most of his opportunity, striking out 40 versus only four walks in 29 1/3 dominant innings of work. More impressively, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has allowed only one extra-base hit within a microscopic WHIP of 0.65.

Last Friday night the righthander took the ball for the red-hot Commodores and overwhelmed Orleans by primarily mixing two elite pitches: an explosive 95-96 tailing fastball offset with a high-spin and a late-breaking 11-to-5 curveball. On occasion, Mlodzinski even toyed with an 88-89 cutter he fired on the outer half, further baffling hitters. He commanded all offerings beautifully, throwing 45 strikes among his 59 pitches, and was never threatened over five innings of work.


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